Our first show presented two wonderful pediatricians, Dr. Mel Burman and Dr. Susan Lindheim discussing childhood matters such as: How many immunizations does my baby really need? How do I find a pediatrician I can trust?
Your child is a wealth of potential, a complex and curious creature, developing new skills by means of exploration, discovery, and reflection. Providing enriching experiences in every childhood could transform our culture. Guests: Dr Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Mary Claire Heffron, PhD,
In California, about 30 percent of children live in single-parent homes. Single parents face unique challenges and can grow strong as they face them. We'll talk with two experienced and knowledgeable people. Guests: Gail Werblin, Marriage and Family Therapist Lee Hefner, co-author of Divorced Dads.
As the Winter holidays approach, we turn our attention to the actual pleasure we take in being parents. We want to hear from you-what you've learned, what you've seen your child do, what emotions have come up that have surprised you.
Child care is a major part of the early experience of many children. The percentage of children in child care is growing, so child care will have an increasing impact on our society. We have scheduled a terrific guest in-studio:
The holidays bring us face to face with how we are to connect as a family to our deepest beliefs. How do you celebrate? How do you include your very young child in your celebration? Do you do something special for your youngster? Guests: Dr. Ruth Gubkin and Robin Ortiz-Young
Many parents find themselves yelling at their kids, surprised because "it's the holidays, when everyone is supposed to be happy." Holiday stresses seem to put parents on edge, and it's all too easy to take it out on children. Guests: Luna Calderon, MS.
Since you know smoking is bad for your health and for the health of your children, you may have resolved to stop smoking this year, for sure! We'd like to help. If you've already stopped, we'd like you to help others. Guests: Jodie Ruland, Cesar Cuadra.
Pediatricians know about many things that are important to parents-from temperament to bedwetting-that are more than medical topics. Your child may be active and persistent, or shy and quiet. Each different child presents a different set of challenges for a parent. Guests: Peter Levine, MD
Access to health care means that it is available, accessible, and affordable. Access to health care also implies access to appropriate health care, including prenatal care, preventive care, emergency services, and comprehensive health services. Guests: Juanita M. Dimas, PhD,Toms A. Magaa, MD
Fathers provide critical social, psychological, and economic support for a developing child. The role of men in the lives of children is becoming increasingly well understood. Guests: Eric McDonnell, Jason Stanford
Every couple argue, a lot or a little, fairly or unfairly, and they manage to regain friendly relations. We all want to regain friendly relations as quickly as possible and at least as often as we fight. Guests: Mick Renner, PhD, Rachel Biale
Children who learn to love reading almost always have a parent who read aloud to them very early. Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child for school. Guests: Barry Zuckerman, MD
Children with asthma have difficulty breathing, and they may wheeze, cough, or wake up at night. Asthma symptoms can get worse when the child encounters certain triggers, such as dust, pollen, or smoke. Asthma is a serious condition, and it requires a doctor's care. An asthma attack can be frightening to both children and their parents. Guests: Anne Kelsey, MPH, Harold J. Farber, MD
How do we teach children with love and setting limits? How can we correct misbehavior and offer guidance? Guests: Marguerite Wright, senior clinical and research psychologist at Children's Hospital in Oakland. Patty Wipfler teaches basic listening and leadership principles to parents. Contact her at the Parents Leadership Institute.
Parents don't need social status, wealth, or the guidance of statistical studies-they need connection with their children. Guests: Edward Hallowell, MD, has written several important books, including The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. Anna O. Wong, Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland.
When really terrible things happen-shuttle astronauts are killed, war breaks out, a neighbor or a relative is attacked-what you do and say can make a big difference. Guests: Dr. Ruth Gubkin, an expert in child development, family dynamics, cultural diversity, cultural differences, and mental health. Jim Greenman, author of What Happened to the World? Helping Children Cope in Turbulent Times. Jim works with Bright Horizons, Family Solutions.
Children develop differently and sometimes parents have concerns about the physical or cognitive development of their child. Guests: Ms. Kate Warren, Executive Director of Family Resource Network of Alameda County. James Ricks facilitates a support group for parents with kids with special needs.
New parents experience a wide range of emotional, physical and chemical changes after the birth of their baby. Rona and her guests discuss how moms and dads can minimize the difficult parts of this transitional time. Guests: Shoshanna Bennett, PhD, President of Postpartum Health Alliance in California. Contact her at Postpartum Assistance for Mothers. Joanne Jasson, RN, Certified Lactation Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland.
Mental illnesses and disorders affect thousands of families. Everyone in such families faces difficult issues. Guests: Steve Hinshaw, PhD, Professor of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley, has recently authored The Years of Silence Are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder. David Donovan, PhD, a practicing psychologist in the San Francisco bay area. Resources.
Sleep, or lack of it, can be a major discipline issue for parents. This show presents the latest sleep research and practical strategies. Guests: Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, MA, author of Raising Your Spirited Child. Betty Cohen, MSW, Executive Director of Banana's, Inc., of Alameda County.
Our kids are exposed to an "adult" world long before they are ready to be. This show concerns the proliferation of media, their powerful impact on children, and how parents can take back control. Guest: James P. Steyer teaches at Stanford University, founded Children Now, and is the CEO and Chairman of Families Interested in Responsible Media (FIRM), which provides tools and resources to parents who want to take back control of media in their lives.
Children's social lives change depending on their stage of development. But their friendships are deeply meaningful. Guests, Michael G. Thompson, PhD, author of Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children. Check out his website. Jim Stockinger, a child care worker for 25 years, is a teacher at the University of California, Berkeley Infant Toddler Center.
Immunization against common infections of childhood have led to healthier lives, but there are issues and concerns about these shots. Guest: Catherine Albin, MD, PhD, Chair of the Pediatrics Department at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. For information about immunizations, see the Center for Disease Control web site for immunizations.
On this day we honor all mothers and we celebrate the essential place they hold in the lives of children. Rona's guests are foster mothers in the Bay Area. Barbara Schwartz-Davis is a foster mother who lives in San Rafael, California. Margaret Thomas has three grown children of her own, and is a great-grandmother of four. She has been a foster mother for 13 years, and lives with her husband in Richmond. Click here for more information about foster care and adoption.
We discuss the "spectrum" of autism, the importance of intensive early education, current research, and how to find resources and support. Guests: Robert L. Hendren, D.O. Professor of Psychology and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UC Davis. Louis A. Vismara, MD, physician, parent of four children, and co-founder of the MIND Institute. More information can be found at California Department of Developmental Services.
How can we help our children become responsible and self-reliant? Guests: Jane Nelson, author of Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World. For more information, see her website. Bill French, coordinator of the Healthy Start Program at Peralta School in Oakland.
The impact of the California budget cuts, and how you can handle the problems that will arise for your family. Guests: Patty Siegel, Executive Director of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Rebecca Gonzales, Outreach Coordinator for the California Budget Project.
Having fun with your kids this summer. Guests: Dave Zuckermann, a Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District. Stephanie Lamarre, co-author (with Michelle Keene) of Babies by the Bay, an insider's guide to parenthood in the Bay Area.
Individual county agencies and private foundations have found unique ways to address health care coverage. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, is a major contributor to Santa Clara's ground-breaking model of universal health care. Srija Srinivasan represents the Peninsula Community Foundation in the community-wide partnership that has come together to launch the San Mateo County Children's Health Initiative.
We raise children based on many influences, including the culture we grew up in. Guests: Martha Cueva, a parent, educator, and director at BAHIA, a bilingual after school program, has 25 years of experience working for the Latino community. Larry Swimmer, Chair of the Native American Health Center in Oakland, is a member of the Lakota-Oyate American Indian people.
Safety is a concern in the water, riding bikes, and everywhere your children play. Guests: Nancy Baer, Manager of Injury Prevention Programs, Contra Costa Health Services. Joseph Browne, MD, MPH, a Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center.
Learning the skills to be confident and safe can reduce anxiety, raise self-esteem and self-awareness, and increase personal safety. Guests: Victoria Contreras is the Director of Outreach and Development for the Vanished Children's Alliance. Terri Giamartino founded Skills for Safe Living, dedicated to teaching safety and self-defense skills.
A nutritious and balanced diet is important for the healthy growth and development of young children. Guests: Gail Woodward-Lopez, MPH, RD, currently Associate Director of the Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley. Norma Molina, RD, Public Health Nutritionist for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
New kinds of families-those that include a stepparent, or children from previous marriages-are now an important family configuration. Guests: Jann Blackstone-Ford, M.A., certified mediator and director of Bonus Families. Anne C. Bernstein, Ph.D., a family psychologist and mediator. More info.
In a divorce, figuring out who will have custody of any children is a deeply emotional issue for parents. Guests: Judge Dolores Carr, Supervising Judge at the Family Division in the Santa Clara County Court System. Steve Baron, MA, Director of Family Court Services for Santa Clara County Family Court.
Parents and caregivers of children with special needs face unique emotional and practical challenges every day. Guest host James Ricks is the facilitator of a father's support group at the Family Resource Network of Alameda County. Dr. Lucia Milburn, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at Oakland Childrens Hospital's Parent Infant Program.